A plea deal, including
serving several years in federal prison, has reportedly been reached by former U.S. Rep.
Jesse Jackson Jr. and federal authorities probing allegations of
campaign fund misuse, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Jackson, who has been treated for bipolar disorder, allegedly spent $40,000 on a Rolex watch using campaign funds.
authorities have a separate investigation looking into
former 7th Ward Ald. Sandi Jackson, who was paid nearly $5,000 a month from her
husband’s campaign fund through her consulting firm, J. Donatella &
Associates. The firm continued to be paid even after Jackson Jr. checked
into the Mayo Clinic
last year. The former congressman did not campaign for the November 6 election, save one robo-call.
When Jackson Jr. resigned in November, he noted the federal investigation into campaign spending, though he named his health issues as the catalyst for his resignation.